Course: Extensive reading of an English novel to improve language skills

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Course title Extensive reading of an English novel to improve language skills
Course code KAJ/IPA2
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Dvořáková Kateřina, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Week 1-2: discussion on the participants' reading experiences in foreign languages, reading techniques, the benefits of extensive reading for language development, introduction to the novel and its author Week 3-9: reading the text and follow-up activities (using reading comprehension techniques such as looking up information, paraphrasing, summarizing, guessing the meaning of unknown words, discussing issues from the novel) Week 10-11: creative activities (sketches, reciting poems, comparing the original to the translation) Week 12: film versions of the story Week 13: summary of the course, final evaluation

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Activating (simulations, games, drama), Work with multi-media resources (texts, internet, IT technologies)
Learning outcomes
Extensive reading is an approach to second language teaching and learning which can help students to improve their reading and general language skills by working with accessible and enjoyable books. The aim of this course is to enable participants to work in a varied and complex way with an authentic, accessible and enjoyable English novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Various techniques will be used to enhance the participants' reading comprehension skills. Furthermore, topics dealt with in the novel such as social injustice, education, upbringing and behaviour issues will be discussed in the course. Reading comprehension activities will be followed by tasks aimed at vocabulary expansion, pronunciation practice and writing. The selected text is suitable for performing and participants will experience short sketches, reciting poems and other creative activities. Last but not least, the book will be compared with its two film versions (made in 1971 and 2005) and the original text will be compared to its translation to the participants' respective mother tongues. Reading tasks of approx. 20 pages of the text will be assigned every week prior to the lesson. The book will be available to the participants during the course.
Participants will develop their reading skills in English.
Prerequisites
The minimum expected entry level for the course is B1 according to the CEFR.

Assessment methods and criteria
Analysis of student's language skills, Interim evaluation

Active participation in the seminar Regular completion of reading assignments (approx. 20 pages to be read every week) Creative presentations (performing a sketch or reciting a poem)
Recommended literature
  • Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Penguin Book Ltd., 2006.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer